Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In ornithology, a name of the precocial birds which are able to run about and feed themselves as soon as they are hatched: synonymous with Ptilopædes or Dasypædes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun plural (Zoöl.) Birds which are able to run about and obtain their own food as soon as hatched.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun zoology Birds that are able to run about and obtain their own food as soon as they are hatched.

Etymologies

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Ancient Greek, meaning "self-feeding".

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